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Your Creative Intentions: Monday Post ~ August 13, 2012

“Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It’s what everything else isn’t.” ~Theodore Roethke



This is the moment to deepen, or commit to, your regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if at all possible — is one of the best ways to stay in touch with how you make meaning.

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about.

Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community is a great way to leverage the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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  1. I’m heading off camping with my three boys this week and next, and though the campsite we’re going to tomorrow has internet access, I’m leaving the laptop at home and I’m not going to blog at all. This week, I’m going to just soak up the time with my guys and the beauty of the little island we’re going to, and I’ll fill my journal with impressions. I’ll blog again when I’m home. I find that these mini-breaks from blogging make me more creative (and I have a few posts already written and scheduled for the time I’m away…)

    August 13, 2012
  2. This week is easy- I’m at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown taking a class in carborundum printmaking. It’s wonderful to have this time to work, away from responsibilities. I keep pinching myself to make sure that it is real. Let’s see, I haven’t posted much this Summer. While we were in Maine I made 6 small watercolors, one each day. I have drawn fairly regularly and even started bringing my sketchbook to the pool and beach. I’m trying to remember Miranda’s suggestion to always have a portable art kit on hand. And then to actually use it! My writing has suffered a bit, but that’s okay for now. Planning to dive into art making practice and writing this Fall with my youngest going off to kindergarden.

    August 14, 2012
    • Missing you at the Monday Post, artem6 — come back and give us an update! xo

      August 30, 2012

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